Wet Paint


  The rain on the window this morning was a welcome sound, bringing with it permission to linger a little. That’s what happens after a very busy weekend.  Just as we have done for the past four years, an artsy friend and I participated in the our local community art gallery’s annual fundraising event, Paint Sea on Site.  That’s kind of an awkward title for a wet paint sale.

If you are not familiar with a wet paint sale, it works like this:  artists (from near & far) sign up and spread out around the town to create art.  The artwork is collected throughout the day, and often whilst still wet, the pieces are displayed at a central venue for the public to enjoy and bid on, silent auction style.  At the end of the day, the highest bidder walks away with a piece of original art.  Fifty percent of the proceeds go to the art gallery and the other fifty percent goes to the artist.

It’s a two day event and is so much fun!  My friend and I have a longstanding date to spend the weekend together.  We use the opportunity to catch up, while supporting each other as we rush to get some work done.  We talk, we paint, we eat, we entertain friends, acquaintances and tourists who stop by.  The time absolutely flies!

It is usually one of the hottest weekend of the summer, which can produce some challenges to keep the paint from drying too quickly. And so, we have learned to seek out a place with some shade.  (We also try to be near some public washrooms – but that’s just because we like our comforts)  Heat and drying paint was not a problem this year, not by a long shot. Saturday was cloudy and cool – a little too cool for me – and on Sunday it absolutely poured rain!  

The smart people moved inside to work, but not us! No! We stuck it out, finding shelter under a generous person’s deck. It worked pretty well for the morning, but by afternoon, everything was so wet including the canvasses, it make working very difficult, indeed.  The above daisies were in our host’s garden, the blue sky was in my dreams.

At the end of each day, we went back with our last pieces to watch the auction close, tally the results and compare notes of the day with all the other painters.  There were around 70 of us this year. The gallery provides us with a nice salad supper and some social time.  In spite of the weather, I’m happy to say that all seven of the pieces I produced this weekend sold. (I forgot to take pictures of the last two – no surprise, there). 

But perhaps more significantly, by bedtime last night, my body was tired, my eyes were blurry and my heart was full of the companionable friendships – some newly made and others warmly renewed. 


12 thoughts on “Wet Paint

  1. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread July 20, 2015 / 10:36 pm

    What a wonderful weekend surrounded by artistic folks. I applaud you for your skills. I can barely draw a straight line with a ruler. πŸ™‚ I like each and every painting above but have a special attraction to the red barn.

    • JanetRimmington July 21, 2015 / 11:23 pm

      Thanks Judy! The red buildings is my favourite, too. I spent ages on it. πŸ™‚

  2. LifestyleswithLia July 20, 2015 / 11:14 pm

    Janet! I’ve never heard of a wet paint sale but your description is so intriguing! I praise you for your skills and tenacity to stay out there in the chilly rain! It was worth it, in my opinion, for the amazing creations you painted! You are very talented…I especially like the last photo here (of the two plants)…I’m glad all seven of your works found homes! Congrats and hope the sun is shining today!
    Much joy and friendship,

    • JanetRimmington July 21, 2015 / 11:34 pm

      Hi Lia! Thanks for you sweet comments. The little plants are morning glories…. They are just getting started – not yet in bloom. A lady I admire very much bought it, and that made me very happy. It was a fun weekend. Alas, the rain continues to fall… (That’s okay – time for housework, haha)
      I hope you are enjoying your summer!! πŸ™‚

  3. kathyscottage July 21, 2015 / 12:20 pm

    Very nice. What a wonderful talent you have! πŸ™‚

  4. Julie@frogpondfarm July 21, 2015 / 7:18 pm

    Aren’t you clever! What fun .. Wonderful paintings and how nice to do this with a good friend ..

  5. BuntyMcC July 21, 2015 / 10:13 pm

    That is a lot of paintings for two days. No wonder you were tired. Like the Lunenburg-red buildings and the climbing vines.

    • JanetRimmington July 21, 2015 / 11:41 pm

      Thanks so much!! Yes, nothing says “Lunenburg” like the red buildings, does it? These are part of the Lunenburg Foundry complex. I like that one, too. πŸ™‚

  6. Tiare July 27, 2015 / 4:40 pm

    What a great way to spend a weekend! Thank you for sharing. I personally love the painting of the bird house (or condo!).

    • JanetRimmington July 27, 2015 / 4:57 pm

      Thank so much!! It WAS a really fun weekend. Thanks for your positive comments. I’m still learning, so it means a lot. I’m so glad you like the roses and bird house. πŸ˜€

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